The Saida Waheed Gender Initiative is governed by a Steering Committee of LUMS Faculty, which meets at least once per month to review activities and envision the Initiative's direction and growth. Additionally, an Advisory Committee of individuals who have made seminal contributions in the field of gender studies provides the Initiative with a transnational network of support and insight. Both the Steering Committee and the Advisory Committee are chaired by the Faculty Director. The Initiative Coordinator serves as secretary of the Steering and Advisory Committees.

Steering Committee

Nida Yasmeen Kirmani

Nida Yasmeen Kirmani (Faculty Director) is Associate Professor at the Mushtaq Ahmad Gurmani School of Humanities and Social Sciences. A sociologist, Dr. Kirmani's work spans issues relating to gender and religion, development studies, urban studies, and social movements in India and Pakistan. In addition to a number of book chapters and journal articles, she is the author of Questioning the 'Muslim Woman': Identity and Insecurity in an Urban Indian Locality(Routledge India, 2013).

Dr. Saba Pirzadeh

Saba Pirzadeh is Assistant Professor of English and Environmental Literature in the Department of Humanities & Social Sciences - (MGSHSS). She obtained her PhD in English from Purdue University on Fulbright fellowship in 2016. Her dissertation “Violence, Militarism, and the Environment in Contemporary South Asian Literature” explores narrative depictions of the intensification of violence and its exploitation of the environment for purposes of profit, conquest and consumption. She completed her MA and BA in English Literature with distinction from Kinnaird College in 2009 and 2007, respectively. Her research and teaching interests include ecocriticism, militarism, contemporary postcolonial literature, popular culture and gender studies. Her work has been published in ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment; South Asian Review, and is forthcoming in Parergon.

Tania Saeed

Tania Saeed is Assistant Professor at the Mushtaq Ahmad Gurmani School of Humanities and Social Sciences. Dr. Saeed's area of specialization is democratization and social exclusion with a focus on gender, religion, and security. She was a Wingate scholar (2011-2012) at the University of Oxford where she received her doctoral degree in Education. She is also an Associate Fellow with the Institute of Development and Economic Alternatives (IDEAS). Dr. Saeed has contributed to leading journals and edited volumes, and is the author of the forthcoming book, Islamophobia and Securitization. Religion, Ethnicity and the Female Voice (Palgrave Macmillan, UK)

Amen Jaffer

Amen Jaffer is Assistant Professor at the Mushtaq Gurmani School of Humanities and Social Sciences. He has a PhD in Sociology from the New School for Social Research. His research inquires into the nature of sacred power in South Asian cities by examining everyday spiritual life in religious institutions and marginalized communities. He incorporates gender into his analysis by exploring the significance of Sufi spiritual discourses in the constitution of the khawaja sara gender identity in Pakistan. Currently, he is developing a research project to investigate the discourses of urban citizenship in Lahore.

Anushay Malik

Anushay Malik completed her PhD in history from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). After completing a position as a Research Fellow at the International Institute of Social History in Amsterdam, she joined LUMS as an Assistant Professor in the History department in 2014. Her research interests include labour, social movements, nationalism and most recently, gender and minorities in Pakistan.

Advisory Committee

Cynthia Enloe

Cynthia Enloe is Research Professor in the Department of International Development, Community, and Environment at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. Professor Enloe's feminist teaching and research have focused on the interplay of gendered politics in national and international arenas. Her fourteen books include Maneuvers: The International Politics of Militarizing Women's Lives (2004), The Curious Feminist (2004), Globalization and Militarism (2007), Nimo's War, Emma's War: Making Feminist Sense of the Iraq War (2011), The Real State of America: Mapping the Myths and Truths about the United States (co-authored with Joni Seager) (2012), and Seriously! Investigating Crashes and Crises as if Women Mattered (2013). A new, updated edition of Bananas, Beaches and Bases: Making Feminist Sense of International Politics was published in 2014. Widely cited in both academic and media contexts, Professor Enloe has received numerous grants, guest professorships and lectureships, and awards for her work.

Saba Mahmood

Saba Mahmood is Professor of Anthropology at the University of California at Berkeley. Professor Mahmood's work focuses on questions of politics, religion, secularism, and gender and sexuality, the Middle East, and Islam. She is the author of Religious Difference in a Secular Age: A Minority Report (Princeton University Press, 2015) and Politics of Piety: The Islamic Revival and the Feminist Subject (Princeton University Press, 2005) and a co-author of Is Critique Secular?: Blasphemy, Injury, and Free Speech (Fordham University Press, 2013). Professor Mahmood has received numerous fellowships, including from the American Academy in Berlin, the Luce Foundation, and the Carnegie Scholars Program.

Khawar Mumtaz

Khawar Mumtaz is the Chairperson of the National Commission on the Status of Women - Pakistan and previously the CEO of leading women's rights organisation, Shirkat Gah. Ms. Mumtaz, a founding member of the Women’s Action Forum, has over thirty years of experience in transnational advocacy and activism relating to gender, the environment, and development. Co-author of the seminal Women of Pakistan: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back? (Zed Books, 1987), Ms. Mumtaz has received a number of awards, including the Sitara-e-Imtiaz.

Tanika Sarkar

Tanika Sarkar is Professor of Modern History at Jawaharlal Nehru University and Visiting Professor of History at Yale University. Addressing gender, colonialism, religion, and nationalism, her acclaimed works include Bengal, 1928-1934: The Politics of Protest (Oxford University Press, Delhi, 1987), Words to Win: A Modern Autobiography (Kali for Women, 1999), Hindu Wife, Hindu Nation: Religion, Community, Cultural Nationalism (Permanent Black, Delhi, and Indiana University Press, 2000), and Rebels, Wives, Saints: Designing Selves and Nations in Colonial Times (Seagull Books, 2010). She co-edited, with Urvashi Butalia, Women and the Hindu Right (Kali for Women, 1995) and with Sumit Sarkar, Women and Social Reform in Modern India: A Reader (Indiana University Press, 2008). Professor Sarkar has received numerous research grants, fellowships, and awards, including, in 2004, the Rabindra Puraskar from the Bangla Academy.

Dina Siddiqi

Dina Siddiqi is Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Economics and Social Sciences at BRAC University. Dr. Siddiqi's research engages with issues relating to gender, labor, human rights, and transnational feminisms across South Asia; with a particular focus on Bangladesh, her numerous publications have addressed topics including women in the garment industry, minority rights, and the relationship between religion, politics, and the state. Dr. Siddiqi has previously taught at the University of Pennsylvania, Bryn Mawr, the New School, and Columbia University. She serves on the editorial board of Routledge's Women in Asia Publication Series and is a referee for Modern Asian Studies, Feminist Economics, and Journal of Refugee Studies, among others.

Osman Khalid Waheed

Osman Khalid Waheed is President of Ferozsons Laboratories Limited and CEO of BF Biosciences Limited, Pakistan's first biotech pharmaceutical manufacturing company. Established in 1956, Ferozsons became the first Pakistani company to be listed on the Karachi Stock Exchange, and is a six-time recipient of the KSE Top Companies Award. Ferozsons is the Pakistan partner for Gilead Sciences, Inc., and the Boston Scientific Corporation. In 2009, Ferozsons established BF Biosciences Limited under an international joint venture to produce treatments for Cancer and Hepatitis C treatment in the country. Mr. Waheed has served on multiple corporate and public sector boards, including Nestlé Pakistan, Murree Brewery, IGI Insurance, the Lahore University of Management Sciences, and the Pakistan Center for Philanthropy, and he represents the family of Saida Waheed on the Advisory Committee.


Onaiza Arshad

Onaiza Arshad is an anthropologist interested in South Asia, processes of 'racialization' and public memory of 1971. In 2012, she graduated from LUMS with a BSc in Sociology/Anthropology, and in 2015 she completed her Masters, focusing on historical anthropology, from the University of Chicago. Before coming to LUMS, she was working with the UChicago Center for Gender and Sexuality, briefly worked as a cultural consultant with the UN and as a research assistant on a survey research project on Anthropology in Pakistan.